In association with the Finnish Nurses Association
City— Helsinki — Today, on the premises of the Finnish Nurses Association, Chief Nurses and Chief Nursing Information Officers from different parts of Europe attended the Founding Meeting of the new HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community in Europe. Discussed were the roadblocks to achieving broader digital literacy within the nursing profession and framed were action plans to deliver on the goals and vision put forward by Community founders.
“Being a thought leader in the digital health space, we are excited with our partners to give the rise to a new HIMSS Community representing a profession of paramount importance to the digital transformation of the health and care sector in Europe. Throughout our ongoing engagement with healthcare providers and the broader European community membership, we have recognised that nurses are the closest to the gaps in care representing the human link between technology and patients. Therefore, digitally empowered nurses will directly translate in improved delivery of care to the benefit of citizens and entire communities. The HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community is set to unite nursing informatics specialists from every corner in Europe and provide the suite of tools, networks and knowledge to support the professional development as well as elevate the role of the nurse in endorsing a clinically-led adoption of technology and information in healthcare,” said Angela Velkova, Director of Communities and Strategic Relations at HIMSS Europe.
Being the newest among the HIMSS Europe Communities and Europe’s first community exclusively dedicated to a distinct segment of the workforce, the Nursing Informatics Community is ambitious to support nursing informatics specialists from all over Europe with the resources needed to lead the next wave of digital transformation in healthcare.
Nina Hahtela, RN, PhD, President of Finnish Nurses Association, commented “We are pleased to a partner as HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community launched in Helsinki. The use of eHealth services and technology will in the future play an increasingly bigger role in the everyday work of nurses in the comprehensive and multidisciplinary care of clients. Nurses act as clients’ partners, providing them applied eHealth services, taking into account clients’ baselines and resources, and to encourage and support their use.”
HIMSS is a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of health through information and technology. As a mission driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers on best practices in health information and technology. Through our innovation companies, HIMSS delivers key insights, education and engaging events to healthcare providers, governments and market suppliers, ensuring they have the right information at the point of decision. As an association, HIMSS encompasses more than 72,000 individual members and 630 corporate members. We partner with hundreds of providers, academic institutions and health services organizations on strategic initiatives that leverage innovative information and technology. Together, we work to improve health, access and the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS serves the global health information and technology communities with focused operations across North America, Europe, United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.www.himss.org
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